Some people love the new Ridley Scott not-quite-Alien-prequel Prometheus (I’m in that group), and many people despise it with an irrational level of vitriol that, in my opinion, should be reserved exclusively for the elderly.
In a recent post, blogger Cavalorn eloquently laid out his theories about the film, including some pretty heady ideas about religion, Jesus and torn abdomens. Here is Cavalorn’s post about Prometheus, which contains a ton of spoilers. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Incidentally, Jesus and the Torn Abdomens was the name of my grunge band in college.
We at Act Classy aren’t as smart as Cavalorn, so we typically try to interpret symbolism in much less complex films. For instance, our staff agrees that the 1998 Disney cartoon Oliver & Company is about drunk driving. But that’s probably just because Billy Joel voices Dodger the dog.
In the spirit of being a part of things that everyone is talking about, though, we decided to attend a screening of Prometheus at our local moving picture house to try and identify some Easter eggs and symbolism in Scott’s new entry in the Alien canon. Note that there are NO SPOILERS AHEAD. NONE. DON’T WORRY. KEEP READING.
Snape kills Dumbledore.
OK, fine. One spoiler. But not about Prometheus.
The Overlooked Easter Eggs and Symbolism in Prometheus
1. In the film’s opening sequence, one of the mountains is Bill Paxton’s head.
Bill Paxton played Private Hudson in Aliens, and he had one of the
best most mocked lines in the film: “Game over, man!” If you really want to get the full Paxton Aliens experience, here is a supercut that features every one of his lines from that movie.
2. Everything is a vagina.
This is not an exaggeration. Everything in Prometheus is a vagina. Coffee cups, chairs, aliens, spaceships, penises, everything. Except for vaginas, of course. Vaginas are Bill Paxton.
3. Prometheus, Office Space, Big and Forrest Gump are all part of the same universe.
This Easter egg was really astounding to me, but it’s apparent from the following screenshot that all of the above films take place in the same basic movie universe. It’s unclear whether they all occur at the same place on that universe’s timeline, and Scott provides no answers about Lieutenant Dan’s age. Perhaps he is just another android.
4. The Three Men and a Baby ghost also haunted the Prometheus set.
As everyone knows, a nine-year-old boy committed suicide with a shotgun in the house used for the filming of the 1987 film Three Men and a Baby, and the boy’s ghost is visible during a scene in the movie. This is not rumor or speculation… this is fact, and it has been proven by science.
That crazy Three Men and a Baby ghost is back to his old tricks in Prometheus. I was lucky enough to get this screenshot from a top secret contact at the movie studio. Seriously. This is crazy. Don’t even look at the following picture if you don’t want to be freaked out. You have to look very close to see it, but it’s pretty unmistakable.
Well, that’s everything we spotted. What about you? Have you seen Prometheus? If so, what did you think? Did you notice anything we missed? Leave it in the comments!